When you think of keeping healthy and looking after yourself, many forget the most important part of your body to be taking care of – your brain!
Your brain is the centre of everything – it’s how you function.
So how can you expect to be the best version of you, if you aren’t looking after your brain?
There are many great ways to provide nourishment for your brain, so that you can start living your life to the fullest.
Find a Healthy Outlet For Your Stress
It’s completely normal to feel forgetful, disorganised or overwhelmed when you’re under a lot of stress. That doesn’t mean it’s good for you though.
When you’re feeling stressed to the point that it’s affecting your daily life – it’s time to do something about it. You could try:
• playing a sport or exercising
• talking with someone you trust
• reading a book
Creating a plan for yourself, when you’re going through those times of stress and overwhelm is essential in maintaining a healthy brain.
Maintaining a Quality Sleep Cycle
Having your brain shut off for 7-8 hours each night is essential for most people. It helps to reset and restore your mind.
A good night’s sleep helps your brain function properly. Without it, you could start to deteriorate, mentally AND physically.
If you’re struggling to get to sleep, you could try things like reducing the amount of caffeine you have late in the day, replace tea and coffee with herbal teas or water. Turning off phone screens an hour before bed. Reduce bright lights so that your body gets ready to slow down.
Making yourself comfortable can also help. Having the right support in your pillows and mattress. Check the temperature in your bedroom. Limit the amount of light, you may need block out curtains.
Try Challenging Your Brain Every Now and Then
Your brain LOVES a challenge.
Teaching your brain new things (so trying new activities), helps it to stay active and healthy. There are so many different activities you can do to get those neurons sparking:
- Making a new recipe
- Playing an instrument
- Taking up a new hobby
Learning new things and challenging your brain can also help to give your brain more energy. It gives you that boost of dopamine, and you start to feel like “Yes, I can do this!”
Start looking after that brain of yours today, because you are important. You should be taking care of yourself. If you are finding it difficult to get started, let’s have a chat.